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Contract Manufacturing to Blossom

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Business among U.S. contract manufacturers is expected to increase during the next 12 months, according to a survey of Design-2-Part (D2P) Show attendees. When asked about the needs of OEMs to outsource custom parts and services over the next year, more than 2000 responders indicated that nearly three times as many OEMs expect an increase in outsourcing/purchasing projects as do those who expect a decrease. Nearly one third (31.1 percent) expect an increase, while only 11.1 percent anticipate a decrease, The survey also reveals that offshoring may not be as popular as it once was. When asked where they currently outsource the majority of projects, only 9.8 percent of respondents said “overseas.” Outsourcing locally was the leading choice (32 percent), followed by regionally and nationally at 29 percent each. And, the leading reason why OEMs use local vendors was “hands-on access/vendor visits,” which outpolled “delivery time/cost” and “support the local economy.”

New Tryout Presses
Part of VW's Mexican Expansion

Friday, July 9, 2010
Volkswagen announced plans to invest another $1 billion over the next three years in its Puebla manufacturing complex. Included is the purchase of two Dieffenbacher tryout presses (16,000 and 25,000 kN models) for its tool-making department. The lower-tonnage model will include a 4000-kN four-point drawing cushion and a 3200-kN ram cushion. And, the bigger press will allow the plant to simulate mechanical production presses when trying out body dies. More at

Learn How to Hire
Manufacturing-Sales Superstars

Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Tooling and Manufacturing Association, Park Ridge, IL, will host its annual Marketing Day on Friday, July 30, from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Among the agenda topics: techniques for working with manufacturer’s representatives, and how to hire sales superstars. Also, a representative from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will address the economy and key sectors and indicators. Learn more and register to attend here.


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